This 12 week bikepacking training plan is for an experienced endurance racer who has completed one or more endurance events (12+ hours) and is ready to commit to racing the Colorado Trail. This plan is detailed and committing, assuming performance in CTR is one of the top priorities in your life for the next 12 weeks. Your goal is to finish, and to stretch out your personal limits to learn just how fast you can complete this beast. The plan has big hours and hard training. It is an aggressive plan designed to push you to your limits in pursuit of the perfect alpine multi-day racing experience.
Weekly total training hours range from 14 to 29. This includes 2-3 hours of strength training and stretching every week. Plan focus is on speed and fitness building for the first 3 weeks and then transitions to a combination of continued improvements of threshold power, endurance abilities, and many aspects of the self-supported racing genre. There are several multi-day rides scheduled with flexible options to do other races.
Guidelines are presented for: bikepacker bike fit, altitude acclimatization, recovery at altitude, CTR course specific equipment considerations, race strategy tips, self-supported fueling overview, functional GI maintenance and more.
This plan is paced by Power (watts), heart rate and perceived exertion. A heart rate monitor is recommended to follow this training plan. A power meter is an optional (and highly advantageous) extra. A power meter is not required to successfully follow this training plan. Most cycling workouts in this plan contain both power and heart rate pacing instructions.